If you're bored in New York City, then you're just not trying! With hundreds of the world's best museums and art galleries, five-star hotels, the best restaurants and chefs, a public parks system that simply cannot be beat, and top-notch concerts, sports, and events, there's something to fulfill every interest and budget. Use our exclusive NYC.com guide to make your stay absolutely memorable.
As Manhattan has become progressively—and prohibitively—more expensive, Brooklyn has swelled with an influx of residents, and the restaurants, nightlife, and attractions have grown to accommodate the surging population. With some of New York's best attractions, Brooklyn isn't playing second fiddle to Manhattan any time soon.
The borough may have New York City's only two airports, but there's so much more to see and do in Queens than just flying in and out. From museums to galleries and live entertainment, Queens has it all.
More than just a stop-off on the way to Brooklyn, Staten Island is a thriving suburban community with all of the activities and attractions you'd expect. From innovative new public parks, minor league baseball, and historic city sites, there's little that Staten Island doesn't have.
New York's only mainland borough is a virtual treasure trove of beautiful parks, stunningly-curated museums, and best of all, home of the New York Yankees! With so much in the Bronx to chose from, we've compiled a list of the can't-miss attractions in our northern most borough.
New Yorkers swarm around some of the most iconic buildings and landmarks known the man every single day without batting an eyelash, but most would give anything to recapture that sensation of seeing New York from the top of the Empire State Building or coming above ground in Grand Central or losing the sound of the city in the middle of Central Park for the first time. There's a reason these are the most visited and beloved spots in New York!
In America's biggest city with over eight million people, there are an endless number of fun things to do. If you want to ensure a good time while you're in New York, read NYC.com's long list of never-fail activities and places to visit that'll have you begging to extend your stay!
New York City has officially designated Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 104th Streets as "Museum Mile" because of the vast richness and diversity of the cultural institutions found there. Starting in the 1970s as a way to increase patronage at museums, the mile has put on a yearly Museum Mile Festival for the cultural institutions of Fifth Avenue every June, with free admission, events, and more!
Just because New York is one of the world's largest metropolitan areas doesn't mean it's without any natural attractions. From Coney Island to the Hamptons, here are some of New York's finest sand-filled getaways.
New York City will always been a first-run destination in all levels of the movie industry, from indie features to animated shorts to all-out blockbusters. As the place where American cinema began—and only in second place because the early days benefited from the near-constant sunshine of Los Angeles—every aspect of the movie experience can be found here, whether it's writers hunkered down at their laptops in the city's coffee shops, actors prepping lines and going on auditions, set designers and location scouts canvassing the city to bend it to their artistic will, or producers and directors commanding their film forces through the streets, parks, and buildings of the five boroughs, you can't get much more cinematic than New York City. And when New Yorkers want to watch the latest independent features and the most groundbreaking new films, these are the art houses that cater to their panoramic needs:
In New York City, some bars are so exclusive that only a branded passkey will get you past the bouncer. But with other bars, the only difficult part of getting in is finding the hidden or underground bar in the first place. Luckily, we've been there and offer you a list of great places that not everyone's heard about.
While New York rebrands itself as a destination for matrimony, it bears noting that the city has always been a hotbed for weddings. With so many beautiful vistas, parks, and churches, there's no classier place in the Western Hemisphere to tie the knot.
It makes sense that the city that can provide the perfect date can also provide the perfect chance to propose to that special someone: five-star restaurants, amidst the backdrops of breathtaking views, on land and sea, in the air and on the ground. The wedding ceremony may be the most important date of your sweetheart's life, but you can be sure they'll never forget the night you proposed if you follow our handy guide.
The hectic pace of New York life can frazzle peoples' nerves—even if they're just visiting! So whether you're a lifelong New York native or just here for the week, here are the best places to escape from the tension and stress of this modern life.
New York has always been the epicenter of the comedy world, with emerging acts paying their dues and getting their big breaks at the city's numerous comedy clubs and venues. It helps that New York also has a good number of festivals, many of which will give a stage to struggling new comedians who are still building a following. You can easily find the next Seinfeld or Eddie Murphy at these festivals before their solo show ticket prices become cost-prohibitive.
With over eight million residents in the five boroughs, there are a ton of overlapping interests, hobbies, and obsessions. From writers and poets to filmmakers and musicians to kids and sailors, New Yorkers will jump at almost any reason to get together with like-minded people. Here's where you'll find them.
New York City has been one of the most heavily-used locations in the world when it comes to movies, with directors from across the globe using its stunning architecture, urban vibrancy, and accommodating tax incentives to make their visions come to life. It makes sense, then, that so many movies enjoy their world premieres here, not just at red carpet gala events, but at the many amazing film festivals put on throughout the city.
For travelers to New York city with kids, the trip can quickly become an expensive adventure if every activity you do has a price tag. The good news is that there are many free New York events, activities, and amusements that kids like, so NYC.com offers a list of some you might want to fit into your fun-filled, kid-friendly schedule.
New York is home to many of the finest historical institutes in the world, as well as the most eminent museums. With world-class collections and permanent exhibits, there's enough to see and experience that it's a wonder anyone ever has time for the special exhibits!
New York has always been known as an epic-center of emerging musical superstars, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to the Velvet Underground and the Ramones. It makes sense, then, that massive festivals of all genres—blues, jazz, rock 'n roll, hiphop—all go on without our area. Whether you're looking for All Points West, The Bamboozle, or the JVC Jazz Festival, these are the best of the best.
Besides being one of the first capitals of the United States, New York City has one of the oldest and richest histories in the country. From the time of the Dutch settlers to the Revolutionary War, you can find true pieces of history through the five boroughs. New York's assiduous collection of history districts and protected landmarks has ensured the continuance of the city's rich cultural history, and here's where you find the best New York has to offer.
Finding something to do in New York is as easy as stepping out of your door and walking. But where to go? We've put together some of our favorite walking tours to guide you along your way to some of the coolest destinations and sights in New York City. Unless you succumb to the urge to take the subway or a cab, these walking tours are 100% free and completely enjoyable and illuminating.
Kids love zoos, and NYC.com shows you where to find these great family-friendly attractions. In this big city, you'll find a number of zoos—both big and small. Plus we've got a great aquarium and farmstead to boot.
Sometimes the best places to visit are the ones that aren't commonly known. Let NYC.com take you to locations you might not have heard about but will certainly want to see!
The days of ticker-tape may be long gone, but that doesn't mean you won't find New Yorkers streaming down avenues and side streets, costumed or in plain clothes, singing or chanting, and having a generally great time. But when and where to find these festivities? We'll tell you the exact route!
With so many television shows taping in New York, you can rest assured that there's always a need for a live audience to laugh and applaud. From early morning to late night, you can attend your favorite shows without spending a cent. Here's how.
It's not news to New Yorkers that people come in all shapes, sizes, and stripes, and the city itself has no shortage of things to do for every taste and interest. Whether you're an aspiring hipster or a shopaholic, we've tailored a guide to fit your NYC visit like a glove.